Uki, New South Wales

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Uki
New South Wales
Uki Mt Warning.jpg
ANZAC Memorial and village. Historic "Sweetnam's Humpy" is visible in the mid-distance and Mt Warning is visible in the background.
Uki is located in New South Wales
Uki
Uki
Coordinates 28°25′S 153°20′E / 28.417°S 153.333°E / -28.417; 153.333Coordinates: 28°25′S 153°20′E / 28.417°S 153.333°E / -28.417; 153.333
Population 765 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2484
Location 8 km (5 mi) S of Murwillumbah
LGA(s) Tweed Shire
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) Richmond

Uki (/ˈjuːk/ YEW-ky) is a village situated near Mount Warning in the Tweed Valley of far northern New South Wales, Australia in the Tweed Shire. At the 2006 census, Uki had a population of 203 people.[2] The town's name may have derived from an aboriginal word for "small water plant (like a fern) with a yellow flower and edible root".[3]

There are several stories, almost certainly apocryphal, associated with the origins of the name. One is that timber cutters, who were the first non-Aboriginal settlers in the area, marked the finest cedar for export to the United Kingdom with "UK1", this eventually becoming UKI, or Uki as it is known today.[citation needed]

There are three approaches to Uki village; from the North it is approximately 15 minutes by road south of the main township of Murwillumbah along the Kyogle Road and 4 km past the turnoff to the World Heritage listed Mount Warning National Park, from the South West along the Kyogle Road from Lismore, Kyogle and Nimbin and from the East along Smiths Creek Road linking Uki to the quaint village of Stokers Siding and the Tweed Valley Way to popular coastal towns including Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay. It is also possible to travel to Mullumbimby from Uki using gravel back roads and fire trails through the Mount Jerusalem National Park.

Clarrie Hall Dam is located 10 km from Uki, and the area is described as "one of New South Wales’ finest fishing destinations".[4] While the main function of the Dam is to provide fresh water for the Tweed Shire, recreational activities include sailing, rowing, canoeing, bass fishing, picnicking, bush hiking and bird watching.

The last two decades has seen a significant shift in demographics. 'Tree-changers' relocating from cities on the eastern seaboard are bringing new money, business, investment and entrepreneurship to the area enhancing the 'established' families with both remaining attracted by the subtropical climate, close proximity to pretty beaches and coastal villages and of course the world class natural beauty of the area. Increasingly and importantly it is becoming known as a haven from the drought affected areas of the rest of the State and country. When 98% of the State of NSW was declared drought affected recently, Uki was in the 2% that was not drought affected.

Uki today[edit]

Prominent buildings in the village include the historical 'Old Butter Factory' and a primary school. There are several stores including a Post Office, General Store, Cafe, Bakery, Pharmacy, wheelchair-accessible Guesthouse and laundromat. The Mount Warning Hotel, which was a very popular weekend lunch 'stop-over' for touring motorbikes and those out for a pleasant weekend drive, burnt down in late 2012. It is currently being rebuilt and many hope it will reflect the splendour of the original and not be a mere "Concrete mock-up". Uki is the town on which the village of Yurriki in Robert G. Barrett's book The Godson[5] is based.

History[edit]

Early pioneers were either timber cutters (usually Australian Red Cedar) or dairy farmers.[6] Photos of The Sisters and Mt Uki near Uki in the early 1900s show these cleared of nearly all vegetation.

Following a rationalisation of the dairy industry in the 1960s many dairies closed down with farmers turning to beef cattle, which remains a feature of the region today. Tropical fruits have also been grown in the area and cane farming is a prominent agricultural activity in the Tweed Valley itself. The last remaining sawmill is located on the Smith's Creek Road towards the north of the village.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Uki is 765, 50.5% female and 49.5% male.

The median/average age of the Uki population is 45 years of age, 8 years above the Australian average.

73.4% of people living in Uki were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6%, New Zealand 3.7%, United States of America 1.3%, Netherlands 0.7%, France 0.5%.

88.5% of people speak English as their first language 1.6% German, 0.5% Hebrew, 0.4% French, 0.4% Swedish, 0.4% Spanish.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Uki (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Uki (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Uki". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Gary Prerost. "Topwater Bassing At Clarrie Hall". Retrieved 10 January 2009. Clarrie Hall dam can lay claim to being New South Wales’ finest topwater lure impoundment, and would have to sit in the top few of all the dams in Australia. [dead link]
  5. ^ Barrett, Robert G. (1989). The Godson. Sydney: Pan Books. p. 346. ISBN 0-330-27162-8. 
  6. ^ Connery, Mary Lee (ed) (1987). The Way It Was. Uki, N.S.W.: Uki and South Arm Historical Society. p. 92. ISBN 0-7316-0957-3. 

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